Public Positions: Fanon After Fanon I Session 2 by Gavin Arnall and Robyn Marasco | 17 March | 6pm (SA Time)

Thursday, 18 March, 2021 - 17:30


From February to October of 2021, WiSER’s PUBLIC POSITIONS Series will present ten public thematic dialogues on the new generation of Fanon studies. Particular emphasis will be placed on the political and the clinical, the close communication between the two, how they impact upon one another and are at times mistaken for each other. 

Speakers are invited to develop one or more arguments for 20 minutes each.  This will be followed by a dialogue led by Professor Achille Mbembe before the session is opened to a broader audience. The Series will be presented online from 18:00 to 19:30 (Johannesburg time) and a link will be sent out a week before each session.

Session 2

Wednesday, 17th March
at 6pm

Gavin Arnall (University of Michigan) 
Subterranean Fanon: An Underground Theory of Radical Change

Robyn Marasco (Hunter College)
Frantz Fanon: Critique, With Knives


Gavin Arnall will build on a close reading of Fanon’s “On Violence” as well as “Grandeur and Weakness of Spontaneity” to make a case for the urgency of reading and thinking with Fanon in these times.
Robyn Marasco will focus the bulk of her remarks on what is at stake in Fanon’s distinctly political treatment of violence, how he casts his own project in relation to Hegel, Freud, and others, and how a militant despair tempered by a ‘spontaneous receptivity’ to everyday life in Algeria animates his work.

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